Season 2, Episode 3: “Eau de Minnie” 5/23/14
Starring: Minnie Mouse
Co-starring: Mickey Mouse
Setting: Generic urban setting
Minnie is getting ready for her date with Mickey when she goes into a panic over what to wear. This is short lived though as her mirror image directs her to her tried and true black top. Once dressed, Minnie moves on to applying some perfume. Minnie’s mirror warns against her going “overboard” with the scent but it’s already too late.
While walking to her date, Minnie’s overwhelming scent attracts a flock of blue birds, causes a florist to mistake her for a flower - cramming her into a vase, and inspires a baker to try to bake her in the oven. Minnie then wonders if her Enchantment perfume is the culprit and her suspicions are confirmed when she’s once again the victim of a barrage of unwanted attention – first, from a traffic pile-up trying to give her a ride, then a row of buildings and lastly a bunch of shoes from a shoe store. Minnie attempts to rid herself of the perfume but this only results in the bottle exploding on her and dousing her in the scent. Now things really go crazy as a bunch of escaped zoo animals come stampeding towards her. She runs into an alley to get way and then jumps into a garbage bin. It’s here she realizes that the best way to counteract her perfume is to cover herself in trash. Now, squalid and smelly, she repels her hordes of fans and goes on to meet Mickey for their date.
When she arrives at the bistro, Mickey is completely grossed out by the smell and is left trying not to vomit as she comes in close and gives him a hug.
This is the first short of the series to have someone else’s name on the title card other than Mickey.
It’s interesting how Minnie calls her more “modern” bow and polk-a-dot dress “too young.”
Either Minnie is topless (hubba hubba!) or she puts on another black, long-sleeved shirt over one she’s already wearing.
Very cool and subtle effect when the oven door opens and the heat waves blur the picture.
Final Grade: C+
I appreciate the effort of giving another character their time in the spotlight but Minnie??? She never even headlined her own short back in the olden days. I’m just not sure she has the personality or screen presence to carry almost an entire episode. It definitely would’ve helped her cause had it not been ANOTHER short revolving around a date with Mickey. Is that all she is… a date???
We love Disney. Period.